Christopher M. Bruno

Summary

Director of Economic Development, City of Fairfax, Virginia

Information

Web: Fairfax City web page  Twitter@chrisbruno84

Email: Christopher.Bruno@fairfaxva.gov
Phone:  703-385-7851
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Address:  City Hall, Room 324
1045 Armstrong St.
Fairfax, VA 22030

Commercial Development in City of Fairfax

The city’s economy is well prepared to serve the city residents and residents of the surrounding trade area.  There are over 4 million square feet of office space in the city and 3 million square feet of retail space.

The resilient economy has allowed the city to reposition itself to support redevelopment in Old Town Fairfax and in the Route 50/29 Corridor, now known as Fairfax Boulevard. The city has taken an aggressive role in these redevelopments by committing approximately $40 million in public infrastructure improvements in support of private development in these areas.

The Fairfax Boulevard Corridor is the city’s economic engine.  The city is currently working through a comprehensive revitalization strategy that will involve public improvements to the street and landscaping and private construction of new commercial and residential buildings.

  

Articles

Small-Town Feel; Big-City Services’ in Fairfax
By Bonnie Hobbs
Fairfax Connection| Oct. 28, 2017

Economic Development Director Chris Bruno’s vision

After nearly a year as the City of Fairfax’s economic development director, Chris Bruno is optimistic about the future. Praising the city’s many assets, he said what it needs to do now is capitalize on them.

One of my favorite parts of this job is people’s willingness to tell me what they want here in this community and help us put the pieces together,” he said. “We want Fairfax to be a destination – and it naturally is, because we’re in the middle of everything.” Read more

Attracting New Businesses, Improving the Economy
By Bonnie Hobbs
Fairfax Connection| Oct. 28, 2017

City of Fairfax establishes Technology Zone

— The City of Fairfax is proud of its historic downtown, but it’s also looking toward the future. So the City Council has now established a citywide Technology Zone.

The goal is to provide real incentives for technology businesses to locate here. It enables qualifying businesses to have a reduction or suspension of City business license (BPOL) taxes for five years.

It’s the first step in being able to attract the type of businesses we want here and to proactively shape the future of the City we want to see,” said Economic Development Director Chris Bruno. “Anything the Economic Development Office does must be able to create good jobs, stronger businesses and contribute to a robust City economy. And doing so increases the prosperity of Fairfax City residents and, therefore, their quality of life.”

During a City Council work session in June, Economic Development Authority Board Co-Chair Fred Cornett said a Technology Zone would “create higher-income jobs in the City and increase our tech base. Most businesses look at our Website before contacting the mayor or city manager, so they’ve already vetted us.” Read more

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